Humans have definitions of hope that are different from God’s. We might hope our team wins the Super Bowl, or we might hope we don’t lose our jobs or our house. But the biblical definition of hope is not a hope-so but a know-so. Our hope in God is surer than the sun rising in the morning.
Here’s how to find hope in any situation:
Stop simply surviving and start thriving.
Don’t let difficult circumstances stop you from making the most of each day you’re alive. Realize that even when times are tough, you can do much more than just endure your current situation.
Learn and grow from your struggles.
God allows you to experience challenging circumstances so you can learn to love and trust Him in deeper ways, and so you can grow more mature, developing a strong character to become more like Jesus. Keep in mind that God is more interested in your lasting holiness than your temporary happiness, because holiness will help you learn to choose what’s best for you. Ask God to help you see your struggles from His perspective.
Trust that the Lord is with you.
It looks as if the future is bleak and the promise will never be fulfilled. However, he reminds me that his ways are higher than my ways, that his thoughts are higher than my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). It is easy to trust God when I can see and understand what he is doing; he is calling me to trust him when I can’t. I must learn to trust him with my heart and not lean on my own finite, human understanding.